By Lena H. Sun The Washington Post Thu., Nov. 29, 2018 A new invasive tick species capable of transmitting several severe diseases is spreading in the United States, posing an emerging threat to human and animal health, according to a pair of reports issued Thursday. The Asian longhorned tick is the first invasive tick to arrive in the United States in about 80 years. It’s native to eastern China, Japan, the Russian Far East and the Korean Peninsula, and is now also established in Australia and New Zealand. In August of last year, it was discovered on a 12-year-old pet Icelandic sheep in western New Jersey. Since then, the tick has been found in Arkansas, Connecticut, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. The species has been found on pets, livestock, wildlife and people. So far, though, there is no evidence that the tick has spread pathogens to humans, domestic animals or wildlife in the United States, according to a … [Read more...] about New tick species capable of transmitting deadly disease is spreading in the U.S.
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caption The 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier source Mark Matousek / Business Insider I drove a Chevrolet Bolt EV for a weekend at the end of July. The version I drove cost $43,905. The base price for the Bolt’s standard trim is $37,495. It was the first time I’d driven an electric vehicle in real-world conditions for more than an hour. I was impressed with the Bolt’s ride quality, acceleration, handling, and driver assistance features. But when I tried to charge the vehicle, I realized the limitations of our current charging infrastructure. When General Motors’ Chevrolet Bolt EV was released in late 2016, it was billed as the car that would take electric vehicles mainstream. One of the biggest obstacles to widespread electric vehicle adoption has been range anxiety. If an electric car can’t handle a commute to work and a couple of errands without approaching an empty battery, it’s difficult for consumers to rely on it as … [Read more...] about I drove a $44,000 Chevy Bolt for a weekend and saw just how far electric cars have come — but I also discovered a glaring problem
By Russell Gold The Wall Street Journal Tues., July 17, 2018 NOVI, MICH.—The world’s largest oil company has 30 engineers working away in this Detroit suburb on a project that sounds counterintuitive: an engine that burns less oil. But there is a common-sense explanation for why the Saudi Arabian Oil Co., known as Saudi Aramco, wants a more efficient internal combustion engine. It is trying to protect its market share by slowing a potential exodus to electric vehicles. David Cleary, head of Saudi Aramco’s Detroit Research Center, said the company’s goal with its research is to preserve the market for fuel. To that end, he said, any breakthroughs in better-engine designs would be widely shared. “We are trying to get technology into production, and we want to be very fast,” Mr. Cleary said. While electric-vehicle adoption remains small globally, and is expected to rise gradually, the prospect of a large-scale shift is setting up a … [Read more...] about Fill ‘er up, or plug it in? Oil, utilities fight to fuel vehicles of the future
caption Smog obscures a view of the George Washington Bridge in New York City, May 1973. source Chester Higgins/Documerica New York City produces twice as much trash as any other mega-city on Earth, according to a recent study. The Environmental Protection Agency has described Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal as “one of the nation’s most extensively contaminated water bodies.” And air pollution, coming largely from transportation and construction, remains a threat to residents. But before the EPA formed in 1970, pollution in NYC was even worse. Soon after the EPA’s founding, the agency dispatched 100 photographers to capture America’s environmental problems in a photo project called Documerica. It shows what the US, from California to Ohio to New York, looked like from 1971 to 1977. Of the 81,000 images the photographers took, more than 20,000 photos were archived, and at least 15,000 have been digitized by the National Archives. … [Read more...] about Vintage EPA photos reveal what New York City looked like before the US regulated pollution
By Kartikay Mehrotra Bloomberg Tues., March 27, 2018 San Francisco—BMW AG joined the growing list of carmakers sued by U.S. drivers for installing software designed to cheat diesel-emissions tests. Drivers of “tens of thousands” of X5 and 335D model diesel cars built between 2009 and 2011 sued BMW and its technology supplier, Robert Bosch GmbH, alleging they installed algorithms designed to manipulate testing systems, using methods similar to those Volkswagen AG admitted to. They claim those vehicles are polluting up to 27 times the legal limit, according to the complaint filed Tuesday in New Jersey federal court. “At these levels, these cars aren’t just dirty — they don’t meet standards to be legally driven on U.S. streets and no one would have bought these cars if BMW had told the truth,” said Steve Berman, the plaintiffs’ attorney who has filed similar claims against Ford Motor Co., Mercedes-Benz, Fiat Chrysler … [Read more...] about Diesel drivers sue BMW over emissions software, alleging manipulation